Monday, May 28, 2012

Hiroshima: Part 1

This weekend, the husband and I toured Hiroshima. I had no idea what to expect. My mind pictured Hiroshima as it was just after the A-bomb was dropped and could not conceive of the area being rebuilt. Boy, was I wrong! Hiroshima is a bustling city filled with art museums and cultural sites. It is also home to the Mazda headquarters.

Our Hiroshima tour guide.

On Friday we boarded the bus at 4:30 and headed to Haneda airport. From there we flew to Hiroshima airport and took a bus to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the Peace Memorial Museum.

View of the Atomic Bomb Dome from the bus. It was one of the few buildings at the epicenter that was still standing (partially).

A model of Hiroshima after the A-bomb.

A model of Hiroshima before the A-bomb.

The museum's exhibit's signage was bilingual, Japanese and English, thankfully, and went into great detail about the what, whys, and hows surrounding the bombing. And then, there was the grisly information on the aftermath of the bombing... 

It was a grey and pouring morning and we only had one tiny umbrella. Luckily I had my hooded rain jacket.

A view of Peace Memorial Park.

High School students in the rain.

Monument to the victims of the bomb.

School children singing.

Displays of paper cranes donated for peace.

The Atomic Bomb Dome in the grey, depressing rain.

I was very wet by the time we got back onto the bus.

Next up: Lunch!

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